Quotations of Wisdom

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Scott Nesler

Certainty needs not faith, doubt has faith of mistakes. [Q48]

Stephen Hawking

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. [Q728]

Russell Simmons

I'm not a politician. I only want to help relieve the suffering in communities, and I want to help people see their community in each other. [Q1310]

Christopher Alexander

We are searching for some kind of harmony between two intangibles: a form which we have not yet designed and a context which we cannot properly describe. [Q668]

Wendell Berry

It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong. [Q1338]


Much learning does not teach understanding. [Q917]

Thomas Jefferson

This [bill] on education would [raise] the mass of the people to the high ground of moral respectability necessary to their own safety and to orderly government, and would [complete] the great object of qualifying them to secure the veritable aristoi for the trusts of government, to the exclusion of the pseudalists... I have great hope that some patriotic spirit will... call it up and make it the keystone of the arch of our government. [Q531]

Thomas Jefferson

We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. [Q196]

Albert Einstein

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. [Q169]


A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. [Q871]


Yield not to calamity, but face her boldly. [Q1594]

Jesus Christ

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone... [Q1226]

Albert Einstein

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. [Q23]

Dante Alighieri

No one thinks of how much blood it costs. [Q1511]

Thomas Szasz

If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. [Q1521]

Joseph Priestley

Will is nothing more than a particular case of the general doctrine of association of ideas, and therefore a perfectly mechanical thing. [Q1191]

Guy Debord

Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs. [Q713]

Edward de Bono

To some extent pressure groups partake of traditional confrontational thinking habits. It is enough to be against something — let the other side figure out what to do. This places far too much confidence in constructive abilities of the 'other side'. (from the book, I am right, you are wrong. page 22) [Q2001]


Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. [Q840]


Happy the man who has been able to learn the causes of things. [Q1580]

Missouri Constitution of 1820

...free communication of thoughts and opinions is one of the invaluable rights of man, and that every person may freely speak, write, and print, on any subject... [Q1883]

George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. [Q699]

Mohandas Gandhi

Live simply so that others may simply live. [Q1311]

Carl Sagan

Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out. [Q224]

REO Speedwagon

Golden country your face is so red. With all of your money your poor can be fed. You strut around and you flirt with disaster. Never really carin' just what comes after. Well your blacks are dyin' but your back is still turned. And your freaks are cryin' but your back is still turned. You better stop your hidin or your country will burn. The time has come for you my friend. To all this ugliness we must put an end. Before we leave we must make a stand. — Lyrics from Golden Country [Q2104]

Herbert Simon

Most of us really aren't horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put 'em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature. [Q645]


The greatest wealth is to live content with little. [Q899]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Sometimes the role of government is to save capitalism from capitalists. [Q1876]

Senator Paul Simon

Freedom in a community dies a little when public officials are willing to take money for votes or favors; freedom is diminished when school boards and city councils hold secret meetings, keeping out the public who elected them; freedom is eroded when law enforcement officials want to stop crime by using methods that violate freedoms given to us in our Constitution; freedom suffers a defeat when a teacher or a member of the clergy or anyone in a community is not permitted to express an unpopular opinion. And freedom is set back when any citizen does not have an equal opportunity for a job. Because the battle will always go on, there must be citizens who are willing to match each defeat with a victory. [Q1897]

Richard Feynman

I don't believe I can really do without teaching. The reason is, I have to have something so that when I don't have any ideas and I'm not getting anywhere I can say to myself, "At least I'm living; at least I'm doing something; I am making some contribution" — it's just psychological.

When I was at Princeton in the 1940s I could see what happened to those great minds at the Institute for Advanced Study, who had been specially selected for their tremendous brains and were now given this opportunity to sit in this lovely house by the woods there, with no classes to teach, with no obligations whatsoever. These poor bastards could now sit and think clearly all by themselves, OK? So they don't get any ideas for a while: They have every opportunity to do something, and they are not getting any ideas. I believe that in a situation like this a kind of guilt or depression worms inside of you, and you begin to worry about not getting any ideas. And nothing happens. Still no ideas come.

Nothing happens because there's not enough real activity and challenge: You're not in contact with the experimental guys. You don't have to think how to answer questions from the students. Nothing! In any thinking process there are moments when everything is going good and you've got wonderful ideas. Teaching is an interruption, and so it's the greatest pain in the neck in the world. And then there are the longer period of time when not much is coming to you. You're not getting any ideas, and if you're doing nothing at all, it drives you nuts! You can't even say "I'm teaching my class."

If you're teaching a class, you can think about the elementary things that you know very well. These things are kind of fun and delightful. It doesn't do any harm to think them over again. Is there a better way to present them? The elementary things are easy to think about; if you can't think of a new thought, no harm done; what you thought about it before is good enough for the class. If you do think of something new, you're rather pleased that you have a new way of looking at it.

The questions of the students are often the source of new research. They often ask profound questions that I've thought about at times and then given up on, so to speak, for a while. It wouldn't do me any harm to think about them again and see if I can go any further now. The students may not be able to see the thing I want to answer, or the subtleties I want to think about, but they remind me of a problem by asking questions in the neighborhood of that problem. It's not so easy to remind yourself of these things.

So I find that teaching and the students keep life going, and I would never accept any position in which somebody has invented a happy situation for me where I don't have to teach. Never.


Bill Clinton

We can't make the perfect the enemy of the good. [Q86]

Theodore Roosevelt

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. [Q1287]

Edward de Bono

Perception does have its own logic. This logic is based directly on the behavior of self-organizing patterning systems totally different from the table-top logic of traditional reason and language. Perceptual truth is different from constructed truth. (from the book, I am Right, you are Wrong. pg 42) [Q2010]

Franklin Roosevelt

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. [Q496]

T.S. Elliot

There is no absolute point of view from which real and ideal can be finally separated and labeled. [Q340]

Galileo Galilei

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. [Q942]

Scott Nesler

Hating your government is like hating your children. Sure they get on your nerves. They get into trouble. They go against so much of what you were taught and believe in. Your job is not to condemn, but to guide them in the right direction. [Q1606]

Swami Vivekananda

As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God. [Q1136]

Henry David Thoreau

I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, to life itself than this incessant business. [Q147]

Mohandas Gandhi

I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed. [Q565]

Dr. Seuss (Theodore Seuss Geisel)

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. [Q1555]


Music can change the world because it can change people. [Q635]

Wendell Berry

As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motions of your mind, lose it. Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction. Practice resurrection. [Q1344]

Václav Havel

Politicians do not actually talk to each other but only to one another's shadows as they appear in the media. [Q1797]

Richard P. Feynman

It is scientific only to say what is more likely and what less likely, and not to be proving all the time the possible and impossible. [Q970]


Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. [Q856]

Wendell Berry

A teacher, finally, has nothing to go on but faith, a student nothing to offer in return but testimony. [Q1325]

Woodrow Wilson

Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life. [Q744]

Franklin Roosevelt

Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. [Q472]

Marie Curie

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. [Q330]

David Boies

Here you have a new technology, and if that technology is going to work, you must allow people to provide central indexes of the data. It's just like a newspaper that publishes classified ads. [Q1215]

Jesse Jackson

In politics, an organized minority is a political majority. [Q1549]

Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. [Q1273]

Scott Nesler

There is no right to be heard. [Q97]

Richard M Nixon

The press is the enemy. [Q307]

Freeman Dyson

Heretics who question the dogmas are needed... I am proud to be a heretic. The world always needs heretics to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies. [Q344]


To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete. [Q825]

Kathryn Schulz

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? [Q1398]

Edward Teller

The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler. [Q739]

Elbert Hubbart

Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. [Q1385]

Albert Einstein

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Q1367]

Marshall McLuhan

The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers. [Q1478]

Woodrow Wilson

Since I have entered politics I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States are afraid of something. They know there is a power somewhere. A power so subtle, so organised, so complete and pervasive that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. [Q1971]

Dante Alighieri

He listens well who takes notes. [Q1509]

Václav Havel

A state that denies its citizens their basic rights becomes a danger to its neighbors as well: internal arbitrary rule will be reflected in arbitrary external relations. The suppression of public opinion, the abolition of public competition for power and its public exercise opens the way for the state power to arm itself in any way it sees fit.... A state that does not hesitate to lie to its own people will not hesitate to lie to other states. [Q1778]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. [Q415]

Bill Clinton

We can't afford to double down on trickle down. [Q2014]

Dante Alighieri

You shall find out how salt is the taste of another man's bread, and how hard is the way up and down another man's stairs. [Q1518]

Adlai Stevenson

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. [Q1644]

Nikola Tesla

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success ... such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything. [Q1672]

Scott Nesler

The lack of a common language is a barrier. Even with the same dialect, each technology contains its own obtrusive jargon. Joining together a diverse group in a common language requires time and resources which many are not motivated to provide. [Q378]

Jesus Christ

Love your enemies, Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you... — Matthew 5:44) [Q2035]

Kurt Gödel

Learn to act correctly: everybody has shortcomings, believes in something wrong, and live to carry out his mistakes. [Q1967]

Oscar Wilde

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. [Q624]

Mohandas Gandhi

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear. [Q570]


The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. [Q865]


The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. [Q805]

Pete Seeger

I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it. [Q350]

Marshall McLuhan

Affluence creates poverty. [Q1447]

Senator Paul Simon

Cynicism by the media produces cynical citizens. [Q1816]

William James Durant

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. [Q1554]


The beginning is the most important part of the work. [Q893]

Thor Heyerdahl

I was in uniform for four years, and I know that heroism doesn't occur from taking orders, but rather from people who through their own willpower and strength are willing to sacrifice their lives for an idea. [Q1535]


Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. [Q870]


For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human. [Q776]

Thor Heyerdahl

Therefore, I feel convinced that any political picture can be changed to suit the needs of the powers that be. [Q1541]

Albert Einstein

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. [Q121]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius. [Q1086]

Henry A. Wallace

This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy. [Q463]

Václav Havel

You may ask what kind of republic I dream of. Let me reply: I dream of a republic independent, free, and democratic, of a republic economically prosperous and yet socially just; in short, of a humane republic that serves the individual and that therefore holds the hope that the individual will serve it in turn. Of a republic of well-rounded people, because without such people it is impossible to solve any of our problems — human, economic, ecological, social, or political. [Q1794]

Al Gore

Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster. [Q1245]


The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders.... They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and are tyrants over their teachers. — Attributed to by Plato — 380 BC [Q1388]

Oscar Wilde

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. [Q618]


I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. [Q777]

David Foster Wallace

This is so American, man: either make something your God and cosmos and then worship it, or else kill it. [Q985]

Dante Alighieri

Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. [Q1508]


When you cease to strive to understand then you will know without understanding. [Q11]

Gabrielle Gifford

And what is seen in the last couple of weeks is that people want to have created for them a form where they can be disruptive rather than actually providing the information in a way that's going to give me their perspective and educate me on their point of view. [Q1262]

Václav Havel

People have passed through a very dark tunnel at the end of which there was a light of freedom. Unexpectedly they passed through the prison gates and found themselves in a square. They are now free and they don't know where to go. [Q1762]

Stefan Zweig

Fate is never too generous even to its favorites. Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed. [Q1299]

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